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Ministry of Agriculture Allotment & Garden Guide

Allotment and Garden Guide December 1945 page 8

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First aid for the birds

       In winter, when so many of our useful insect-eating birds are away overseas, we can do much to help our feathered friends that are still with us. Prominent among them are the robin, the wren, the hedge-sparrow, the song-thrush, and the various species of tits.
   There are two ways in which we can help them ; we can provide food tables—a very pleasant help in time of trouble ; we can provide nest-boxes—as part of a "long-term" policy.
   To deal first with food, let us be clear that in open weather, even in winter, all these birds can take care of themselves without our help; but given a prolonged spell of frost and snow like we had last February, with the ground iron-hard for days on end and natural food almost unobtainable then a little timely aid from us may make all the difference between life and death for the birds.
   Now we all know that human food must not be wasted : in fact it's illegal.; But there are some things we may still offer the birds without breaking the law. Here are a few suggestions for their food table :—bacon rind, either hung up in strips for the tits ro minced for all comers, crumbs swept from the breakfast table, fish skin and bones, cheese rind, and bits of fat from the dog's meat man. And don't forget that in really hard weather unfrozen drinking water is as important to the birds as food.
     Now as to nest-boxes. If you do it now, there is still time to make and put up a nest-box in your garden. With luck, a pair of great or blue tits may rear a brood in it, to their great advantage and yours. Members of the tit family do not begin to nest until the end of March or the beginning of April, but the longer you give them to get used to the box the better.

bird at entrance of nesting-box

Tits have a habit of looking over possible nesting sites very early in the year. There are, of course, other kinds of birds that will take over nest-boxes properly made and placed.
   Size, shape and position of a nest-box are all very important. How to make it would take up too much space in this Guide, but, if you are really interested, write to the Ministry at Berri Court Hotel, St. Annes, Lytham St. Annes, Lancs., for Advisory Leaflet No. 212.


birds eating at food table

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